It strikes me as strange that in this modern world of equality, a woman alone in a bar is even an issue, but it still seems to be.
Men have always drank alone in bars and it has never raised eyebrows, or been a subject for discussion, yet when women do it, it seems there are varying opinions on it.
Some say it's liberating, others say it's a bit sad and still others assume she wants to be hit on by anyone and everyone.
I wouldn't say I'm a raging feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm a firm believer in equality, and yet I still find myself wondering about a woman's story if she is sat drinking alone, yet I wouldn't even give a second glance if it was a man.
So I decided to try it and just see what happened. Now I'm not brave enough to sit there alone all night, so I arranged to meet some friends and purposely arrived half an hour early - baby steps!
This is my experience and observations:
The bar tender who served me was very good ,no raised eyebrows.
I didn't feel liberated at all. I felt a bit out of place to be honest and took a seat in the window so I could avoid making eye contact with anyone.
After about five minutes, I decided this sort of defeated the object so I turned the chair slightly and faced into the room. I had the feeling everyone was nudging each other and whispering, although I think this was my own paranoia, and after I relaxed, it really wasn't that bad.
So whilst I didn't find the experience in any way liberating, I didn't feel as uncomfortable as I expected to. I think this was mostly down to the fact that I knew I would soon have people joining me.
Would I do it again? If I was meeting someone I would be happy enough to get a drink and wait for them inside rather than in the car park. I still wouldn't go specifically for a drink alone. I'm not particularly worried about what people think, it's more that I found it a little boring to be honest. It could be a good way to unwind after a stressful day though. It's easier to reflect alone.
I found I drank my drink a lot quicker than I normally would just to have something to do with my hands. On the plus side, I didn't get hit on by anyone!
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